Will Power Wins Pole in Closing Seconds of Qualifying Session in Baltimore

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2011

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 03:  Will Power drives his #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda during practice for IZOD IndyCar Series Baltimore Grand Prix on September 3, 2011 on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Will Power earned his seventh Peak Performance Pole Award of the season (23rd of his career) in a dramatic last second lap. 

Graham Rahal was sitting on the pole and on the last lap of the Firestone Fast Six Will Power crossed the finish line as the quickest lap of the session.

Power turned a lap of 91.520 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Honda.  Power robbed American Graham Rahal of his first career pole.

Rahal will start second as he turned a lap of 91.430 mph in the No. 38 Service Central Honda for Ganassi Racing.  Second ties the best career start for Rahal as he started second in Milwaukee in 2008 in the all American front row as Marco Andretti won the pole for that race.

Also getting his best career Izod IndyCar series start is Sebastien Bourdais.  Bourdais will start fifth as he turned a lap of 90.697 mph in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

The current Izod IndyCar Series Points Leader, Dario Franchitti, will start fourth tomorrow in the No. 10 Kellogg's Honda.  Joining him on row two is Will Power's teammate Ryan Briscoe.  This is the same exact row two as last weekend in Sonoma.

Rounding out the Firestone Fast Six was Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.  Hunter-Reay turned a lap of 90.656 mph in the No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Honda.

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Tomorrow's race should be interesting in the fact that the surface is so bumpy and it's the first race in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. on Versus.


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